Uzbek-Tajik higher education relations are warming up

The honeymoon period of Uzbekistan's now not-so-new President Mirziyoyev just keeps on going. Even hardened critics of what was once a solidly authoritarian regime in Uzbekistan are having to admit that the reform-driven new leader, who took the reins after the death of longstanding President Karimov following his death in December 2016, may be serious …

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Emomali

The President of Tajikistan (his official title is now somewhat longer and less catchy: The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon) strikes a great pose and can be found in action all over Tajikistan. I've saved you the trouble of traipsing around …

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They cared for cattle more than kids -Tajik President recasts the Soviet era

Whilst popular opinion across the former Soviet Union generally remembers the Soviet period with more than a hint of the rose-tinted glasses - see this summary of an EBRD survey in 2016 or this Sputnik News story on my blog from August 2016 - one man is seemingly on a mission to upend these conceptions. And he's someone that people have …

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Faculty blamed for poor standards at Kulob State University, Tajikistan

An unusually critical article was published recently in Asia-Plus - one of Tajikistan's last remaining bastions of press freedoms - observing a worrying drop in educational standards at Kulob State University [ru], nominally one of the best in the country. Two main causes are identified: the fact that many of the better qualified faculty have left the university (20 …

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